October 2018

Sponsor Needed in our ‘A Hand Up (AHU)’ Program

‘A Hand Up’ aims to enable vulnerable young adults in our community to become functioning members of society and continue the cycle of giving and hope. Why have we started this new program for young adults? Because it’s very hard to get a job in Uganda and the right skills and education can be the difference maker. The unemployment rate for young adults in Uganda is 84 per cent!!! We aim to change that.

Successful applicants are vulnerable young men and women who are determined, hard working, skilled and who have a desire to give back. The recipients are not receiving a hand out–rather a hand up. We will provide financial assistance and mentorship to hard working adults to provide a means to improve their lives by completing their education, learning a trade or starting a business. Applicants will be expected to continue the cycle of giving.

Our second candidate in need of a “partner” is Sseguya!

He is talented in dance, acting, beatboxing, etc., but his future aspirations lie in the field of videography, photography and motion graphics.

Sseguya has applied for school support for a two year certificate program in photography, videography, 3D Animation and Motion Graphics. Currently there is no Bachelors degree for the course in Uganda. Due to the cost, few people can take this course and so he will be well placed for work once he’s done.

Here is a bit of his story…. Sseguya’s father passed away when he was 6-years-old. His mother fell ill and sent him to live with his grandmother and aunt. He was mistreated and so ran to the streets where he lived with a team of other boys for a year. Street life was not easy and finding food was always a struggle. Many street children turn to drugs in order to get through the day or to be able to sleep at night. Through Sseguya’s own hard work and through the dedication of his mother, helping whenever she could, he was able to finish Senior 6. But there was no hope for continuing on past that. Sseguya is a talented dancer and he joined a dancing group called Street Dance Force. Through this artistic outlet (poetic dance) he helps to raise awareness of the lives and struggles of street children in the Jinja community. (Where our homes are.) In his spare time, he volunteers, providing dance lessons and mentorship to at risk youth in the community.

Through the AHU scholarship program, Sseguya will become the first person in his entire family to pursue a higher education. He dreams of raising himself up out of the poverty he was born into and has a strong desire to give back to the community and to see others succeed as well. We believe that with a little hand up, there is no limit to what this young man may accomplish!

As part of our program, Sseguya will work closely with us to benefit our children. Not only is he participating in teaching the dance and fitness classes each week with the children, he is also going to do some photography and videography for PFP. Our very own photographer/videograper!!! So great!!

We are looking for one more partner at $70/month to help Sseguya. He’ll do all the hard work. He just needs a little hand up!

To read more about Sseguya, check out our website at: https://peaceforpaul.org/impact/sseguya-charles/

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this opportunity. hope@peaceforpaulfoundation.org

Online Auction Coming Up!

We’re gearing up for our annual online auction. It will be up and ready to go on November 12th. We are making some changes this year and hoping you will love them as much as we do. Rather than have a number of items for sale, we’re going to focus on what we used to call “VIP Items”. These are things needed on the ground in Uganda to keep the operation running smoothly. We could really use a hand with some “extras” which are outside of the dollars we raise through our one on one sponsorship program. Examples would include spending $25 for material to practice sewing, $50 towards purchasing sporting equipment for the children, $100 towards our solar panel project at our homes, $200 towards unexpected dental emergencies, $250 for mosquito nets, etc. We will then happily forward a certificate for you to give to someone as a Christmas gift, birthday gift, or a just because gift. Or you can simply “bid” on something to support our sweet children.  Stay tuned for more details.

Final Days of The School Holiday

The children enjoyed their final days of the school holiday. We packed a lot in to the last two weeks! 

Dance Classes

Levy and Sseguya continued their dance classes, right up until the end. The PFP children enjoyed and made some great progress! So much fun!

Birthday Celebrations

As usual, we always take the time to make every child in our program feel special on their birthday. Our September birthday celebrants were:

  • John Bosco- 10 years old
  • Lomilo- 12 years old
  • Robin- 13 years old
  • Priscilla Regina- 13 years old
  • Alex- 14 years old
  • Josephine- 14 years old
  • Rose-18 years old

Community Service Activity

Every holiday our children participate in a community service activity. Today they all got together and worked hard cleaning up around the local church and sprucing up their yard. Great work you guys!

Family Visits

During the holidays, we work hard to ensure our children can connect with family. We feel it is so important to keep them connected to any relatives they might have and Ugandan family ties are strong.

Farm Work for Transitioners

Such great work experience for our kiddos. All our children 17 and older are expected to have a part time job. Currently that’s primarily working on our farm. But some have other ideas and we look forward to them branching out. This holiday, they work included weeding and planting new crops as well as construction of an expansion on our piggery project!

Day for Girls

This holiday, we had Girl Day!!!! We met and talked about all things young women related. It was awesome. Our gals are simply amazing!!!! Thank you to our sweet sweet sponsor who made this possible.

Fire Drills

Safety first! This month, we conducted fire drills at each of the PFP homes. All children and staff are expected to know what to do in case of an emergency. They are taught to go to the safe meeting point whenever they hear fire, even if they aren’t quite dressed for the day.  It was educational, but we think also fun!

Back to School

The very packed school holiday has come to a close. All of the visitors have returned home and the children have returned to school. Even though they miss friends and family at home, everyone is excited to be back at school and studying… working hard toward a bright future. We know everyone will have a great term!

Baby Benita

What an improvement!! Baby Benitah is doing so so so much better. Recovered from her meningitis and on her way to becoming well nourished. Holding her head up strong and eating well. Absolutely awesome. So glad we were able to minister to this baby and her Jaja (grandma) through the funds raised for the social mission trip. And now she has a full time sponsor so life is good!!! Way to go PFP family!!!

Resettlement

PFP has launched its resettlement program–we aim to keep families together whenever possible, so during school holidays, three times per year our girl Lillian will be transported to Northern Uganda so she may spend a month with her sister and her grandmother. Everyone is very excited for this arrangement. We are identifying children in our program, one by one who this may be a possibility for.

Nile River Farms

Currently at NRF, the focus is on pineapples, beans, bananas, sweet potatoes, dodoes and maize. Crops are being sold to the PFP homes and to local communities.

The chickens and pigs continue to thrive on our farm. We now have three pregnant mothers on our farm. The sows are expected to give birth to the first batch of piglets in November. There are currently 47 chickens on the farm and they are producing eggs every day now. Our first chicks will be hatching on about October 11th! The oldest PFP children continue to spend 1-2 days a week during holidays working on the farm, learning farming skills and earning an income for them to budget and spend as they need to.

The PFP Junior Program

The PFP Junior Program allows us to help a larger number of needy Ugandan children obtain an education. The children who benefit from this program live in our neighborhood, however, their parents or guardians are unable to afford the full amount of school fees, uniforms and school supplies which are often more than a family can earn in a month. Because these children have families to look after them, they will not be living in our homes. Rather, they will live with their families and be sponsored through PFP for educational support. This program is designed to be a partnership with parents who care for their child but need support to ensure their child can obtain an education and have a positive future. The parents contribute a small portion when they are able to keep them involved and empowered to educate their children instead of depending solely on handouts. This program allows an education to be attainable for so many children and their families. In addition, we are saving and planning for the much higher costs of secondary school for the students.

The third school term has started and we have four new children in school!  They are so excited to have this opportunity.  Now we just need a sponsor for each child!  Please read below about these children.  Maybe you or someone you know can make that dream come true for one of these children.  Sponsorship is only $35 USD per month and will cover school supplies, uniforms and some or all of the school fees depending on the family’s ability to contribute.  This sponsorship also supports many community handouts of school supplies to local students who often lack even the basics of pencils and paper to study.  Please contact hope@peaceforpaulfoundation.org to get involved!

“All kids need is a little help, a little hope and someone who believes in them.”

Iwubwe Muhammad

I was born in Mbikko, Uganda in 2008.  My parents both died leaving me an orphan.  Since then, I have lived with my auntie, the sister to my mom.  There are many other children that she cares for and there is not enough money for everyone.  We often go hungry and it is impossible for us all to attend school because it costs a lot. I like school so much and it is my dream to be able to study.  I think an education is important because it helps you get a job and money.  If you don’t have an education, you may do bad things like be a thief.  I would like to study and be a pilot someday.  Then I can help my auntie and other people so they don’t have to suffer.

Chandiru Bushira

Bushira’s father abandoned her mother when she was four months pregnant. He has not returned and does not send any support. Bushira’s mother is not educated and does not have any prospects for a stable income. She walks around the village in which they live asking people if they have any clothes that she can wash for them to earn money to feed the family. She tries to save money to send Bushira back to school but work is scarce. Villagers are poor and few can pay others to wash or cook for them. With the support of an education, we hope Bushira can break this cycle of poverty and will have a chance at reaching her dream of someday becoming a nurse—all while remaining at home with a loving mother.

Namayega Gloria

I live with my grandmother and my three siblings.  We lost our mother and father a few years ago to HIV/AIDS.  The death of my parents was the beginning of so many struggles for us.  The relatives we were left with were mistreating us.  They were refusing to give us food and caning us.  Eventually our grandmother came to rescue us.  She is a good woman and loves us but we struggle to have money for food and rent.  Even though she is old, my grandmother worked as a maid and washed people’s clothing to make money to support us.  But then she became so sick and can no longer work.  Since that time almost two years ago, I have not been going to school.  I dream about going back to school and becoming a nurse.

Namirimu Patience

I am Patience, the sister to Gloria.  We live with our grandmother and three siblings.  We lost our mother and father a few years ago to HIV/AIDS.  The death of our parents was the beginning of so many struggles for us.  The relatives we were left with were mistreating us.  They were refusing to give us food and caning us.  Eventually our grandmother came to rescue us.  She is a good woman and loves us but we struggle to have money for food and rent.  Even though she is old, my grandmother worked as a maid and washed people’s clothing to make money to support us.  But then she became so sick and can no longer work.  Since that time almost two years ago, we have not been going to school.  Patience would like to go to school and be a teacher someday.

Family Sponsorship Opportunities

We are always looking for general sponsors to help cover the extra costs associated with keeping The Peace for Paul Foundation operating smoothly and the children happy and healthy. Essentially, as a general family sponsor, you are the sponsor of ALL of the children. We have opportunities for Medical Family Sponsor, Dental Family Sponsor as well as Mental Health Family Sponsor. A Family Sponsor commitment can be – $25/$50/$100 per month.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this opportunity. hope@peaceforpaulfoundation.org

Bulungi Beads

The Bulungi Beads Etsy shop features beautiful Ugandan jewelry handmade by women working hard in the slums of Masese and by the young men and women learning the skill in the PFP program.

Beads are purchased from the women and PFP artisans to support their growing businesses and their families. All profits are sent back to the women and to the PFP program to help pay for food, clothing, school tuition and supplies. We thank you so much for your contribution to this cause. Click here to view our shop!

Bulungi Beads Education Scholarship

Bulungi Beads has been profitable enough over the last year that we were able to launch the scholarship portion of this program in May! One child of each of the Bulungi Beads ladies will benefit. Faraji, Bush and Rachel continue into their second term at boarding school. Not as a handout, not as a sponsorship, but as a direct result of their own parents’ hard work and beautiful products. We are so proud of this program and hope it will continue to grow so these mothers may educate the rest of their children too!

Bulungi Beads is on Instagram and Facebook!

PFP’s Bulungi Beads is now on Instagram and on Facebook! Please follow us! You’ll get to see all kinds of wonderful things!

Upcoming Bulungi Beads Events

Come and see us in person at the next ROAR event in Vancouver, WA  on November 18th, at 7:30 PM. We would love to see you there!  Check them out at https://www.roarvoices.com.

New Members Needed

We are continually looking to expand our Peace for Paul team and need people with skills and time to share with this great cause!

Here is a short description of what a PFP Member is:

Peace for Paul is managed by its Board of Directors. There is also a Member pool, which is where people like you–who show an interest, can get their feet wet and see if becoming a Director is something you would like to pursue. We look for people who have a love for the PFP mission and its children and for people who have knowledge and skills to offer which would help PFP grow. As a member, you are invited to (though not required to) attend our monthly Director meetings (via Skype). You are asked to help with our two annual fundraisers (by selling tickets for the raffle, or helping to collect items for the auction). You are also offered the chance to join our various committees if you have an interest in any of them and have a skill that could contribute to its growth. Our current committees are: Sustainability, Education, Social Mission and Fundraising. It is also ideal, if as a Member, you take on a specific project. The idea being that you really can dig in and get involved. You could come up with your own project–something you think PFP could benefit from. We would leave that with you!

Please contact us at: hope@peaceforpaulfoundation.org if you would like to join our team!

GuideStar Gold Level Participant

The Peace for Paul Foundation recently earned the Gold GuideStar Nonprofit Profile participation level! This leading symbol of nonprofit transparency and accountability is presented by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information.

In order to be awarded the Gold Seal of Transparency, The Peace for Paul Foundation included contact information, financial information, our goals, strategies, capabilities, indicators, and progress, helping us more effectively share our story with the world.

Check out our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile and tell us what you think:The Peace for Paul Foundation GuideStar Profile

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